] Reddish's position north of the Tame means it was historically part of Lancashire.] In 1974 Stockport and several adjacient territories became a unified metropolitan borough in the newly-created metropolitan county of Greater Manchester.

Parliamentary representation

Reddish is located in the parliamentary constituency of Denton and Reddish. Andrew Gwynne (Labour) has represented the seat since the 2005 General Election, and the seat has been in Labour hands since its creation. The seat rose briefly to national prominence in April 2006, when Joan Howarth, a Conservative candidate in local elections, suggested that a black or Asian Conservative parliamentary candidate "wouldn't work", because of the "traditional working class" electorate.cite news |title=David Cameron embroiled in fresh race row |url= |work=The Daily Telegraph | publisher=Telegraph Group Limited | date=10 April 2006 | accessdate=2006-10-04 | ] cite web |url= |title=Cameron lambasts Tory candidate |accessdate=2006-10-04 |date=10 April 2006 |work=BBC NEWS |publisher=BBC] David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, disowned the comments, saying that the candidate was in "the wrong party". At the 2005 general election, Gwynne attracted 57.4% of the votes cast, and the second-placed candidate 19.3%. [cite web |url=,,-869,00.html|title=Denton and Reddish|accessdate=2006-10-04 |work=Guradian Unlimited Politics|publisher=Guardian Newspapers Limited]

North and South Reddish each return three councillors to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. At May 2007 these were [ Anne Graham] , [ David Owen] , and [ Peter Scott] (Reddish North); [ Joan Kidd] , [ Walter Brett] , and [ Thomas Grundy] (Reddish South). All six belong to the Labour Party.


Reddish borders Heaton Chapel and Brinnington of Stockport, Denton of Tameside, and Gorton and Levenshulme of the City of Manchester.

Reddish is a densely populated area and is close to some of the richest parts of the country (such as Alderley Edge in Cheshire). However, in common with many urban areas of the United Kingdom Reddish suffers from a certain degree of crime-related activity. Despite this, Reddish continues to be an attraction to many people in the Greater Manchester area to work, live and relax.


Reddish has a mild climate.The main population is situated along a linear stretch parallel with Reddish Vale.Reddish vale and the lower lying land in the valley is often cooler and effectively a 'frost pocket'. Albeit still mild comparatively speaking, temperatures on a clear night will likely be colder than the land at the top of valley floor or roughly speaking along Reddish Road/Gorton Road. The effects of a Fohn Wind are often present here, where the Warm air rises from the valley floor,tempering the air at the top and thereby reducing overnight lows, more particularly in winter.

As a comparison, Temperatures on any given clear night throughout the year, can be between 1-3 degrees C warmer than the Manchester weather station, situated in nearby Woodford Aerodrome in Cheshire, near to Bramhall but on a cloudy night are almost equal.Daytime highs are pretty similar, and predominately almost exacting to 'Woodford', though fluctuations due to localised weather patterns can produce variations.

Again, on a cloudy day the temperatures can be slightly cooler than Woodford.Though, dependant on the prevailing weather patterns and the wind direction can be either lower by around 1 degree C and occasionally (more noticeably on a warm sunny day)and in the absence of early morning mist/fogs(common in Woodford and Reddish Vale) can be up to 2 degrees C warmer than Woodford.

Due to its Suburban nature and geographical location, close to the municipal centres of Stockport and Manchester, it benefits from an 'urban heat island' effect.

Most of Reddish would be equivalent to Usda Zone 8B/9A in recent years and with the influence of global warming, with typical annual minimum lows of around -5/-6C.

Summer High temperatures average around 20-21C and peak at around 28C in any given year, occasionally to around 32C.With overnight lows, averaging around 12-14C typically.

Winter High temperatures average around 6-9C. Winter overnight lows, typically average around 3C.

Many tender plants can grow here and in the Stockport/Manchester area in general and the municipal planting consists of much New Zealand flora, such as Phormiums and Cordylines and Mediterranean plantings such as European Fan Palms and Canary Island date palms and Yuccas in residential gardens are commonplace.

Weather data specifically for South Reddish can be found here :


The most recent data is from the United Kingdom Census 2001. The census data below is based on the North Reddish and South Reddish wards. The modern South Reddish ward contains a small area that was traditionally part of Heaton Chapel and Heaton Norris, and some of Reddish has been transferred to Heaton Chapel.Fact|date=February 2007

White British is the predominant ethnicity. For the North Reddish ward, just under 97% of the population of 16120 were identified as white (including Irish and other white), 1.48% as mixed-race, 0.73% as black, 0.6% as Chinese, and 0.43% as Asian. For the South Reddish ward, just under 96% of the population of 13935 were identified as White, 1.28% as mixed race, 1.28% as Asian, 0.86% as Black, and 0.84% as Chinese.

The housing stock remains mainly terraced and semi-detached. For the North Reddish ward, the 6914 housing units were divided into 8% detached house, 46% semi-detached, 36% terraced, and 10% flats. For the South Reddish ward, the 6598 housing units were divided into 5% detached house, 29% semi-detached, 44% terraced, and 22% flats. There are no tower blocks in Reddish, [Cronin, p. 8.] unlike several neighbouring areas.

Some housing built by factory owners for their employees remains. Greg Street, Birkdale Road, and Broadstone Hall Road South have mid-nineteenth century terraces built by the Gregs for the workers at their (demolished) Victoria and Albert Mills. [Ashmore pp 28, 84. Cronin, pp. 7, 41.] Furnival Street was built in 1886 to house workers at the (demolished) Furnival’s ironworks [Cronin, pp. 7, 12.] The largest collection is that built by Houldsworth near to his Reddish Mill, even though only Liverpool Street and Houldsworth Street remain after clearance in about 1974. [Ashmore, pp. 28-9] The houses on Houldsworth Street, directly facing the mill, are grander, and would have been for the higher placed workers. [Cronin, pp. 40-1. Hartwell "et al", p. 582.]


The shopping area around Houldsworth Square contains about eighty small shops [cite web| url =| title = Stockport District Centres ANNUAL UPDATE January 2004| accessdate = 2006-10-25| month = January | year = 2004| format = pdf| work = | publisher = Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council| pages = ] and has been chosen as one of eight areas to benefit from the Agora Project [cite web| url =| title = Agora Project| accessdate = 2006-10-25| date = | work = | publisher = Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council ] [cite web| url =| title = AGORA | accessdate = 2006-10-25| publisher = Manchester Metropolitan University Business School] an EU-funded project to reverse the decline in local shopping areas.

Stockport MBC describes Reddish as one of the eight major district centres in the borough that offer "local history, modern convenient facilities and traditional high street retailing". The other seven are
Bramhall, Cheadle, Cheadle Hulme, Edgeley, Hazel Grove, Marple, and Romiley. [cite web |url= |title=District Centres |accessdate=2007-02-08 |work=Stockport MBC web site ]

Reddish is home to many tertiary services. Houldsworth square (named after local Victorian era mill-owner, William Houldsworth) has many shops and banks, serving the local population. There are also many well-performing schools such as Reddish Vale Technology College in South Reddish, which in 2006 became the only school in Greater Manchester to be announced by the Government as a 'Trust Pathfinder' school. It is served by two railway stations Reddish North and Reddish South, the latter being used mainly for freight services, apart from the once-a-week "Parliamentary train" to Stalybridge.


There are several measures of overall wealth and poverty. The Human Poverty Index calculates a value based on longevity, literacy, unemployment, and income. High values indicate increasing poverty. The parliamentary constituency scores 14.4, close to the UK average of 14.8. This compares well with neighbours Manchester Gorton (20.5) and Stockport (14.2), but poorly with the other Stockport constituencies of Hazel Grove (10.9) and Cheadle, placed third best in the UK with a value of 7.9. [cite book |last=Seymore |first=Jane |authorlink= |title=Poverty in Plenty: A Human Development Report for the UK |year=2000 |publisher=Sterling Earthscan Publications Ltd |location=London |isbn=978-1853837074 |doi= |pages=pp. 143, 147-8, 153, 156 |chapter=Appendix 4, Human Poverty Index for British ParliamentaryConstituencies and OECD Countries]

On a narrower level, the estimated household weekly income for the period April 2001 to March 2002 for North & South Reddish wards was £440 and £400 respectively. In comparison with nearby wards, this is higher than Gorton North, Gorton South and Brinnington (at £350, £330, and £340), slightly lower than Denton West (£480), and significantly lower than Heaton Moor and Heaton Mersey (£590). [ [ National Statistics Online] , Model-Based Estimates of Income for Wards (April 01 to March 02), retrieved 14 February 2006.] The averages for the North-West region and the UK were £489 and £554 respectively (2001–4). [ [ North West Selected Key Statistics] , National Statistics, retrieved 14 February 2006.]


Reddish is home to several listed buildings and structures. [cite web| url =| title = LISTED BUILDINGS IN STOCKPORT| accessdate = 2007-01-08| date = 2006-02-03| format = pdf| work = Stockport MBC web pages| publisher = Stockport MBC] All the Grade I and Grade II* listsings are part of Houldsworth's community.

*Grade I:*St. Elisabeth's church & wall at St. Elisabeth's Church (Grade II*)

*Grade II*:*Houldsworth Mill, Houldsworth Street. Designed by Abraham Henthorn Stott. Opened 1860s, closed as a cotton mill 1958.:*Houldsworth Working Men's Club, Leamington Road. Designed by Abraham Henthorn Stott. Opened 16 May 1874.:*St Elisabeth's C of E Primary School (Houldsworth School), Liverpool Street. Wall at St. Elisabeth's C of E Primary School, Liverpool Street. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse. Consecrated 1883.:*St. Elisabeth's Church Rectory & wall at St. Elisabeth's Church Rectory, Liverpool Street. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse.

*Grade II:*Broadstone Mill House, Broadstone Road:*Clock and drinking fountain, Houldsworth Square:*North Reddish Infant & Junior School, Lewis Road:*Tame Viaduct, Reddish Vale:*40 Sandy Lane:*Shoresfold Farmhouse and numbers 2 & 4 Marbury Road


The B6167 is the main road through Reddish. It allows access to the A57 for Manchester or the M60/M67 junction at the north, and to Stockport and the M60 to the south. It was designated a Quality Bus Corridor in 2004 [cite web| url =| title = Reddish Corridor| accessdate = 2006-10-21| date = 14 October 2004| work = u to us| publisher = ] and a number of modifications made. As of 2006, any improvements have not been quantified. The main bus route runs from Stockport via Reddish and Gorton to Manchester. Less-frequent services run to Ashton via Gorton & Droylsden, Ashton via Denton, Manchester via Didsbury and Rusholme, Hazel Grove, and Wythenshawe. [Bus routes & timetables are at cite web| url =| title = GMPTE - Public Transport for Greater Manchester, UK| accessdate = 2006-10-20| publisher = GMPTE See: 7 (Stockport-Ashton); 178 (Reddish-Wythenshawe Hospital); 203 (Stockport - Manchester); 317 (Hazel Grove-Ashton).] Trains from Reddish North station run to Manchester Piccadilly and New Mills, with some trains continuing to Sheffield. Reddish South station does not provide a significant service. A few dedicated cycle routes cross the area.


The Ashton Canal and the Stockport Branch Canal were built to join Manchester and Stockport to the coal mines in Oldham and Ashton-under-Lyne. The branch was dependent on the main for its utility, and hence its planning, passing through parliament, and construction came after that of the main. The main opened in 1796 and the branch in 1796. The branch was just under five miles (8 km) long, and left the Ashton Canal at Clayton, passed through Gorton and Reddish, and terminated just over the boundary in Heaton Norris, adjacent to what was then the main turnpike between Manchester and Stockport. The Beat Bank Branch Canal was planned as a sub-branch and was intended to cross Reddish Vale to a colliery at Denton, but the scheme was abandoned by 1798. [Arrowsmith, p. 161.] Ashmore, pp. 58-70.] By 1827 the canal was bringing coal to Stockport from as far as Norbury and Poynton. [cite book |last=Butterworth |first=James |title=A history and description of the towns and parishes of Stockport, Ashton-under-Lyne, Mottram-Long-den-Dale and Glossop |year=1827-8 |location=Manchester |pages=pp. 250, 282]

The canal was purchased by the Manchester, Sheffield, and Lincolnshire Railway in 1848. Traffic declined and the canal was described as derelict as early as 1922. [Downham.] Commercial traffic ceased in the 1930s and the canal was declared officially closed in 1962 and filled in. [Arrowsmith, p. 263.]


The road currently designated the B6167 (Sandy Lane, Reddish Road, Gorton Road, and Reddish Lane) was turnpiked by the Manchester, Denton and Stockport Trust following an Act of 1818. [Arrowsmith, p. 160]


The history of the development of rail infrastructure in the UK is complicated, with lines and stations being built by a myriad of railway companies and joint ventures. Routes did not always follow the best path, but were created, altered, or blocked through lobbying of parliament by interested parties intent on protecting their interests and preventing competition. Due to their strategic position between Manchester and London, Stockport and Reddish played their parts. Reddish played host to three railway lines, two railway stations, and a traction depot. To improve readability, the names of the stations and lines are the latest (or last) used.

Reddish South

The West Coast Main Line running between Manchester Piccadilly and London via Crewe was opened in 1840-2 by the Manchester and Birmingham Railway (M&B), crossing the Mersey valley on a large viaduct at Stockport. In 1849 a line was opened from the north side of the viaduct via Reddish South and Denton stations to join the Woodhead Line (Piccadilly to Sheffield) of the Sheffield, Ashton-Under-Lyne and Manchester Railway (SA&MR) at Guide Bridge. A short branch went to Denton Colliery. The station at Reddish South contained a large goods yard, and trade through the station played an important role, alongside the canal, in the industrialisation of the area.Arrowsmith, pp. 231-6]

The M&B became part of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) by 1849: the SA&MR became part of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&L) in 1847. At this stage both companies used Piccadilly as their Manchester terminus. The LNWR held a monoply on the important London route.

Reddish North

In 1862 the MS&L built a line from Hyde Junction to near Compstall on the River Goyt. In 1865 this was extended over the river to New Mills, and later joined the Midland Railway's Derbyshire lines. By 1867 Midland trains were running from London to Piccadilly via this (considerably longer) route, providing competition to the LNWR. In 1875 the Sheffield and Midland Railway Companies' Committee, a joint venture between the MS&L and the Midland, opened a new more direct route from near Romiley to Piccadilly, and gave Reddish its second station, Reddish North.

Reddish Electric Depot

The Midland was given notice to leave Piccadilly in the same year that Reddish North opened, and construction of Manchester Central railway station started. The Fallowfield Line was opened in 1892 to allow access from the Woodhead Line to Manchester Central and Trafford Park, and passed through a corner of Reddish. Stations were built just outside Reddish at Hyde Road and Levenshulme South.cite book | last = Johnson| first = E M | title = The Fallowfield line: an illustrated review of the Manchester Central Station line| year = 2000 | publisher = Foxline | location = Romiley | id = ISBN 1870119-69X | pages = pp. 3-6] In 1936 the MS&L's successor, the London and North Eastern Railway, planned to electrify the Woodhead Line and the Fallowfield Line, primarily for shipping coal from Yorkshire, but World War II interrupted progress. After the war, the railways were nationalised as British Rail (BR). The electrification plan was put in place as the Manchester-Sheffield-Wath electric railway, opening in 1954 using a 1500 V DC system. A 400 ft (120 m) depot was constructed at Reddish to maintain the Class 76 and 77 locomotives. However, electrification was not continued beyond the depot to Trafford Park.cite book | last = Suggitt| first = Gordon | authorlink = | title = Lost railways of Merseyside and Greater Manchester | year = 2004| publisher = Countryside Books | location = Newbury | id = ISBN 1-85306-869-1 |pages = p. 134 ] Shortly afterwards, BR adopted the 25 kV AC system for electrification, with the effect that the Woodhead Line "passed very quickly from ultra-modern to obsolescent."cite book | last = Hulme| first = Charles| authorlink = | title = Rails of Manchester: a short history of the city's rail network | year = 1991| publisher = John Rylands University Library of Manchester | location = Manchester | id = ISBN 0-86373-105-8 |pages = p. 24 ]

Local passenger services stopped using the Fallowfield Line in 1958 (though through trains continued until 1969). The Beeching Report of 1963 recommended that the Woodhead Line be retained and the Hope Valley line (serving Reddish North Station) closed; in 1966 BR controversially implemented the reverse.

The depot was used to house the prestigious Midland Pullman in the early 1960s and continued to service locomotives until it and the Woodhead Line were closed in 1981. Despite rumours that the depot would be used to service the Manchester Metrolink, the depot fully closed in 1983, was quickly vandalised, and has been demolished. The Fallowfield line closed completely in 1988 and the track was taken up. [cite book |last= Johnson|first=E M |title=Woodhead: Manchester London Road, Gorton, Guide Bridge, Glossop and the Longdendale Valley Pt. 1 |year=1997 |publisher=Foxline |location=Romiley |isbn=1-870119-43-6|pages= p. 37 ]


Reddish's only secondary school is Reddish Vale Technology College. Sited on the edge of the green belt, the school has its own farm and is characterised by OFSTED as " a good school". It teaches about 1400 pupils from the ages of 11 to 16, but does not have a sixth form.cite book |last=Woodward |first=Mark |title=Inspection Report: Reddish Vale Technology College |url= |format= pdf |accessdate=2006-10-11 |year= 2004] [cite web |url= |title=Department for Education and Skills / Details for Reddish Vale Technology College |accessdate=2007-05-25 |work=EduBase| publisher = Crown copyright|year = 1995-2006] [cite web |url= |title=Reddish Vale Farm |accessdate=2007-05-25 |publisher= |year= ] [cite web |url= |title=Reddish Vale Technology College, Reddish, Stockport, Specialist School |accessdate=2007-05-25 |publisher=RVTC |year=1998-2007 ]

As of 2007 Reddish has ten nursery and primary schools, including some church schools (Roman Catholic and Church of England). [cite web |url= |title=Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council / Primary Schools |accessdate=2007-05-25 |work=SMBC webpages |publisher= |year= ] [cite web |url= |title=Department for Education and Skills / Welcome to EduBase |accessdate=2007-05-25|work=EduBase |publisher=Crown copyright|year=1995-2006 ] It has been proposed to close three of these and build a new school. The site chosen was formerly a clay pit for a brickworks, and later a landfill site. Much of the landfill took place before modern controls, and there is local concern about the suitability of the site. [cite hansard | url= | house=House of Commons | date=1 November 2005 | column_start=801 | column_end=804 ] [cite news |title=£5million new Reddish school moves step closer |url= |format= |work=Stockport Express |publisher=Guardian Media Group |date=7 December 2005 |accessdate=2007-05-25 ] [cite news |title=Poisoned school site is a 'minefield' |url= |work=Stockport Express |publisher=Guardian Media Group |date=31 May 2006 |accessdate=2007-05-25 ]

Community facilities

Of the 1907 facilities provided by Stockport, only the library is still open, though under threat of closure. [cite news | first = Paul | last = Maher | title = Anger at plans to close library | url = | work = Stockport Express | publisher = M.E.N media | date = 7 March 2007 | accessdate = 2007-09-21 ] The baths closed in 2005; there is a campaign to reopen them,cite web |url= |title=Friends of Reddish Baths |accessdate=2006-11-10 |work= ] but it does not have the backing of the council.cite news | title = Councillors pull plug on residents’ bath takeover | url = | format = | work = Stockport Express | publisher = Guardian Media Group | date = 30 March 2006 | accessdate = 2006-11-10] The ground floor of the fire station is used as a community centre. The mortuary closed in the 1980s.


Reddish falls in the Diocese of Manchester for the Church of England, and the Diocese of Salford for the Roman Catholic Church.

*St Agnes, Gorton Road; [cite web| url = | title = Church Details - Diocese of Manchester Web Site| accessdate = 2006-10-14 | work = The Diocese of Manchester web site| publisher = The Diocese of Manchester ] [cite web| url =| title = St Agnes Church, North Reddish - An Inclusive Church| accessdate = 2006-10-14] (Church of England). 1908, brick, some good glass. [Hartwell "et al", p. 372.]
*Bethel Christian Centre/Reddish Community Church/Bethel Apostolic Church, Sykes Street; (Apostolic Church).
*Christ Church, Lillian Grove; [cite web| url =
title = Welcome to Christ Church| accessdate = 2006-10-14
] (Methodist/United Reformed Church).
*St Elisabeth, Lemington Road; [cite web
url =| title = Church Details - Diocese of Manchester Web Site| accessdate = 2006-10-14 | work = The Diocese of Manchester web site| publisher = The Diocese of Manchester
] [cite web| url =| title = St Elisabeth's| accessdate = 2006-10-14] (Anglo-Catholic - Church of England); 1883 Victorian Gothic building by Alfred Waterhouse. Paid for by Houldsworth
*Holy Family, Thornley Lane North; [cite web| url =| title = Parish details (Mass times and Websites)| accessdate = 2006-10-14| year = 2006| work = Salford Diocese pages| publisher = Salford Diocese] (Roman Catholic).
*St Joseph, Gorton Road [cite web| url =| title = Parish details (Mass times and Websites)| accessdate = 2006-10-14| year = 2006| work = Salford Diocese pages| publisher = Salford Diocese] (Roman Catholic).
*St Mary, Reddish Road; [cite web
url =| title = Church Details - Diocese of Manchester Web Site| accessdate = 2006-10-14 | work = The Diocese of Manchester web site| publisher = The Diocese of Manchester
] (Church of England). Reddish's first church, built 1862-4 [cite book |last = Pevsner | first = Nikolaus | authorlink = Nikolaus Pevsner |coauthors = Edward Hubbard | title = The Buildings of England: South Lancashire|year = 1969 | publisher = Penguin | location = London |pages = p. 372| id = ISBN 0-14-071036-1 ] at a cost of £2500 in the "decorated English style". The parish was carved from Heaton Norris, and is still known as Heaton Reddish.
*Reddish Christian Fellowship, Broadstone Road; [cite web| url =| title = Welcome to Reddish Christian Fellowship| accessdate = 2006-10-13] sited in an end-of-terrace house.
*Stockport Seventh-day Adventist Church, Coronation Street; [cite web| url =| title = Stockport - Adventist Organizational Directory| accessdate = 2006-10-13| date = 12 January 2003| work = Archives&Statistics | publisher = General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists ] (Seventh-day Adventist Church); modern building.

Notable people

In 1935 Norman Foster was born in Reddish and went onto study architecture at the University of Manchester. Baron Foster is one of the leading architects in the world and is noted for his works in London which include the Millennium Bridge, City Hall, 30 St Mary Axe and the new Wembley Stadium.



*cite book | last = Astle | first = William | title = Stockport Advertiser Centenary History of Stockport | origyear = 1922 | url ='s%20History%20of%20Stockport/default.asp | accessdate = 2007-09-21 | publisher = The Stockport Advertiser | location = Stockport
*cite book | last = Arrowsmith | first = Peter | authorlink = | title = Stockport: a History | year = 1997 | publisher = Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council | location = Stockport | id = ISBN 0-905164-99-7
*cite book |last=Ashmore|first=Owen|title=The Industrial Archaeology of Stockport| year=1975 |publisher=University of Manchester |location= Manchester| isbn=0-902637-17-7
*cite book | last = Booker | first = John | title = A history of the ancient chapels of Didsbury and Chorlton | year = 1857 | publisher = Chetham | location = | chapter =
*cite book | last = Cronin | first = Jill | title = Images of England: Reddish | year = 2000 | publisher = Tempus Publishing | location = Stroud | id = ISBN 0-7524-1878-5
*cite book | last = Downham | first = W A | editor = Astle, William (ed.) | title = Stockport Advertiser Centenary History of Stockport | origyear = 1922 | url = | accessdate = | publisher = The Stockport Advertiser | location = Stockport | chapter = Chapter XIII
*cite book | last = Farrer | first = William | coauthors = Brownbill, John | editor = | others = | title = The Victoria history of the county of Lancaster. - Lancashire. Vol.4 | origyear = 1911 | url = | accessdate = | accessyear = | accessmonth = | edition = | date = | year = 2003-2006 | publisher = University of London & History of Parliament Trust | location = | pages = | chapter = | chapterurl =
*cite book | last = Hartwell | first = Clare | authorlink = | coauthors = Matthew Hyde, Nikolaus Pevsner | editor = | others = | title = Lancashire: Manchester and the South-East | year = 2004 | publisher = Yale University Press | location = New Haven and London | id = ISBN 0-300-10583-5


External links

* [ Tame Valley Area Committee at Stockport MBC]

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